Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker Porsche has pledged to add a hybrid version to every model in its lineup without sacrificing performance. So it should be no surprise that the Panamera S Hybrid has 380 horsepower and averages 35 mpg.
From race cars to road cars, Porsche seems genuinely serious about performance hybrids. Ok, actually it averages 34.5 mpg thanks to a 47-horsepower electric motor coupled to a 333 horsepower supercharged 3.0 liter V6 engine. Total output? 380 horsepower. That’s damn good for a car that gets the same gas mileage as many compact cars. Porsche had previously announced plans to build just such a hybrid, so no surprises here.
The electric motor can actually power the Panamera S Hybrid for about 1.25 miles on electricity alone, and an eight-speed transmission helps take the Panamera from 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, and a top speed of 168 mph. In a hybrid. Porsche is taking on electric cars too, with an electric Boxster pumping out 240 horsepower with a zero-emissions range of 100 miles.
Why aren’t more automakers building hybrids like this? Sure, if it comes to America it will cost well over $100,000, but this is the kind of hybrid that every performance nut would love to drive. Hybrids don’t have to be boring, and Porsche keeps proving this over and over again. Are you paying attention, Detroit?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMI’s. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.